RESTRICTIONS have been put in place after avian flu was discovered on an island in the Outer Hebrides.

Highly pathogenic avian influenza was found at premises in the Breaclete area on Great Bernera, the Scottish Government said.

It said that all the birds at the premises either succumbed to disease or were humanely euthanised and will be safely disposed of by the Animal Plant and Health Agency.

A 3km protection zone and a 10km surveillance zone have been established around the premises.

Measures have now been put in place in these areas including restrictions on the movement of poultry, other captive birds and mammals, and on the removal of litter, poultry manure and slurry.

A Western Isles Council spokesperson said: “Our animal health staff will be putting up road signage highlighting the zones, however we advise anyone who has livestock within the general area of Bernera, Uig, Carloway, Tostachaolais, Breasclete, Callanish and Garynahine to read the detail of the declaration and check if they are in the 3km protection zone or 10km surveillance zone and follow the measures mentioned.

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“The Animal Plant and Health Agency are the lead agency in dealing with this declaration and over the next week will be visiting all premises within the 3km protection zone, assisted by Comhairle and Scottish Government Rural Payments and Inspections Directorate staff.

“These visits will initially check which households have poultry and other captive birds.”

It is estimated that avian flu has already killed tens of thousands of wild birds across the UK this year.

Earlier this year tourist trips to island seabird colonies were temporarily banned over concerns about the birds' welfare and human exposure to the disease.